Promenade Productions – a brief history
about the formation of The Society

In February 1984, after seeing a small advertisement in the Gloucestershire Echo, Oklahoma Programmea group of people interested in forming a new amateur dramatic society met at the Savoy Hotel. As a result of that meeting and some funding from Bovis Homes, plans were made to perform ‘OKLAHOMA’ at the Shaftesbury Hall Theatre (now a block of apartments).

The first production team was Richard Sharpe (Musical Director), John and Gill Pannett (Director and Choreographer) with the guidance and support of Anne Emery and Catherine Newman (Rehearsal Pianist).

From such small beginnings it is amazing to see how much of a community has developed from the society ~ we have seen entire families involved in productions, had couples meeting, marrying and having families of their own. Over the years many of our Young Promenaders who have grown up with the society continue to perform in productions while others have gone on to bigger and better things on the West End stage.

Some of the original cast from that first show produced in 1984 are still members today and we welcome new members into all areas of the society and hope that Promenade Productions will continue to entertain the community in Cheltenham for many more years to come.

Above : The 2013 Programme

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The Bacon Theatre
Dean Close School, CheltenhamPromenade Productions moved to The Bacon Theatre when the Shaftesbury Hall Theatre was redeveloped into a housing complex.
It was a big jump and a challenge to fill a larger seating capacity though it was a pleasure to have the use of a purpose-built theatre - which resulted in additional committee members being added to handle the publicity and production.
Incidentally, OKLAHOMA! was the first show to be performed by Promenade Productions in 1984 at The Shaftesbury Hall Theatre.